Week 23: Little Musgrave, Shady Grove

Little Musgrave, the main song for this week, is a Child ballad; not the longest by any means, but at 27 verses it’s quite substantial. I sing it unaccompanied. This version was recorded straight through in one take, with minimal editing.

Shady Grove is an American song, learned from the recorded singing of the great Jean Ritchie. I started out with one arrangement in mind but ended up with something quite different. Melodica (chords), zither (melody) and bongoes.

PS A succinct explanation of the title of the second song, seen on Mudcat.

Q: Is Shady Grove a person or a place?
A: Yes.

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